STUDY Day 6—Perception Can Be Changed

Perception Through Observation

Let’s try an observation exercise.  Time to accomplish process 3-7 minutes

Today when you are sitting in your vehicle you are going to take a moment to feel yourself, you are going to adjust your perspective. This is a relaxed, slow paced exercise; it should be done comfortably with little to no effort, light concentration, more of a daydream feel. It is most successfully accomplished while driving.

First, sitting still or driving, see the world outside the windows of the vehicle.  Let your eyes gaze upon the items in your view, shops, houses, trees, grass, concrete; take everything in that is at a distance from you as you are moving along the road, stopping at lights.

Next, pull your attention in closer and with your eyes still open, either sitting or driving, imagine that while you are in the vehicle you can see the outside of the vehicle, the wheels on the ground, the underside of the vehicle, the back of the vehicle, imagine opening the doors and looking inside while standing outside of the vehicle.

Now, from your own eyes, gaze around the interior of the vehicle, letting your eyes briefly rest upon the dash, seat, the space you see in your rear view mirror, the steering wheel. Once you are satisfied you have seen all there is to see about the vehicle without considering any other contents in the vehicle, pull your attention in closer to you.

Without looking at you, with your eyes still open, imagine seeing the outside of you, take a tour of what you are, what it looks like where your body touches the seat of the vehicle, flex the muscles of your legs and buttocks to feel them separate from their surroundings. From your point of view observe the slope of your arms from your shoulders to your hands, your hands on the steering wheel, grip the wheel tighter and relax, feeling the shape of your hand without feeling the steering wheel still within your grasp.

Now pull your full attention inside of you, feeling how solid you are, how alive you are. Feel yourself as a solid whole being. Imagine the rest of the world outside of you as less solid, more fluid. You are the only solid item in your current existence. Feel yourself in relationship to the ground, that you are not resting on the ground, you are on the vehicle. The wheels of the vehicle begin to fade below you while you still keep the same distance from the ground, the same distance from the rest of the vehicle. You are solid and every thing else is fluid.

Now imagine the rest of the vehicle fades while you still maintain your current shape. The vehicle is no more. You are solid, you are alive, you are whole. The world outside you at a distance still exists and you are a solid body floating at a set distance above the ground, gliding as you move, touching nothing.

Share your experience in your Anytime Journal.

Alternate Exercises

This exercise can be repeated in a stationary place such as your bedroom on your bed or bathroom in the tub. Notice how different or the same it feels as when you attempted this process in a moving vehicle.

Share your experience in your Anytime Journal.

This lesson is the beginning of learning to understand how the brain uses perception to keep space in our physical world. Perception is fluid and can be changed. Perception is designed to meet our needs and the needs of our surroundings in a healthy way. Learning to perceive your world from places of an assemblage shift can give you space to view moments of intense pain differently than you currently do.

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